DEDICATED dancers laced up their walking boots in a hard-working effort to raise money for a battling Hartlepool youngster.
The talented bunch from the Phoenix Dance Group, which is part of the Nurturing Young People’s Development project at the Manor Residents’ Association, walked for more than three hours to help the cause of courageous two-year old Talia Foster.
As previously reported in the Mail, Talia faces a daily ordeal of seizures and physiotherapy in her battle against a number of conditions including epilepsy.
Mum and dad, Clair, 36 and Brendan, 35, are trying to raise £1,800 to send the youngster for treatment at a specialist centre in Oxfordshire.
People throughout Hartlepool have pulled together with a range of fundraising events and ideas.
The youngsters at the NYPD group put in the miles on Saturday morning to try to help the cause.
About 15 teenagers walked from the group’s base at St Patrick’s shops, in Owton Manor Lane, up the A689 to Dalton Piercey and back.
Carl Williams, a youth worker at the NYPD project, said he was proud of the youngsters’ efforts.
He said: “It was a brilliant morning. Some of the group were quite tired by the end. We had been walking for quite a while but their attitude was brilliant.
“The idea for the fundraising walk came about when I saw Clair advertising a fundraising event she was organising.
“I spoke to her and we thought it would be nice if we could do some fundraising for Talia ourselves.
“She is a local girl, and we were more than happy to help out.”
Carl said the exact amount of money raised in the build-up to and during the walk is yet to be confirmed, but more than £200 was raised.
“I am delighted to have raised that much.
“We definitely didn’t expect to raise as much as that. It’s brilliant.”
Talia’s mum, Clair, 36, said: “We are so grateful to the youngsters for their brilliant efforts.
“We realise how busy children and teenagers are so for them to spend some of their time fundraising for Talia is brilliant.”
Another fundraising walk is taking place on Sunday from Seaton Cricket Club, starting at 12.15pm.
If you are interested in taking part, or want more information, call Clair on (01429) 861687.